Nite Jewel Good Evening

Nite Jewel Good Evening
With their ties to the Italians Do It Better imprint, Nite Jewel are destined to be misinterpreted as part of the Italo disco revival, but don't be fooled. Much like tour-mates Glass Candy, Nite Jewel are simply out to cut dance records with their analogue gear, free of a subgenre's framework. Following up a CD-R and a twelve-inch, debut LP Good Evening is very much a record conceived for the night. But Ramona Gonzalez and Emily Jane aim more for the bedroom than they do the dance floor — in the sense of dancing when there's no one watching. There's a powerful feeling of introversion in their music, one that feels more pertinent in the sanctuary of solitude. This comes out in the pair's leftfield tastes, which read like everything from cosmiche, avant-disco, Roxy Music (they cover "Lovers") and a dominant '80s influence, most likely the work of producers like Arthur Baker, Niles Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder. Perhaps the most attractive quality — or least attractive, depending on which side of the fence you're on — is the lo-fi, demo-like production that reinforces just how much Good Evening caters to the private dancer inside all of us. (Human Ear)